Powys County Council

Powys County Council (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Powys) is the local authority for Powys, one of the administrative areas of Wales. The County Hall is in Llandrindod Wells.

Powys County Council

Cyngor Sir Powys
Coat of arms or logo
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byPowys County Council
Radnorshire District Council
Montgomeryshire District Council
Brecknock Borough Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr Gwynfor Thomas, Welsh Conservatives
Leader of the Council
Cllr Rosemarie Harris, Independent Group
Deputy Leader
Cllr Aled Davies, Welsh Conservatives
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr James Gibson-Watt, Welsh Liberal Democrats
Chief Executive
Dr Caroline Turner
Seats73 councillors
Political groups
Administration (41)
  Independent Group (24)
  Conservative (15)
Opposition (32)
  Liberal Democrat (14)
  Labour (8)
  Action for Powys (7)
  Plaid Cymru (3)
  AWAP (1)
  Non-aligned (2)
Length of term
5 Years
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
Powys County Hall, Llandrindod Wells - geograph.org.uk - 190404.jpg
County Hall, Llandrindod Wells

Political makeupEdit

Elections take place every four years. The first election was held in 1995 and the most recent was on 4 May 2017.

Throughout its modern existence Powys County Council has been led by non-aligned Independent councillors. In the run up to the May 2008 elections the majority Independent councillors were divided into a (ruling) Powys Independent Group and a smaller Montgomeryshire Independent Group.[1] The non-political party position of the council was broken in April 2006 when the Labour councillors formed an official political group.[1]

Current compositionEdit

The current governing coalition is formed by the independent councillors and the Welsh Conservatives. Cllr Rosemarie Harris was elected as the first female leader of the council, following the election in May 2017.[2]

Group affiliation[3] Members
Independent 30
Conservative 15
Liberal Democrats 14
Labour 8
Plaid Cymru 3
Abolish the Welsh Assembly 1

Historic resultsEdit

Year Independents Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat Plaid Cymru Green
2017 30 7 19 13 2 1
2012 48 6 10 9 0 0
2008 45 4 9 15 0 0
2004 54 4 0 15 0 0
1999 57 6 0 10 0 0
1995 62 10 3 8 1 0


Position[4] Holder Political group Ward
Leader of the Council Cllr Rosemarie Harris Independent Llangynidr
Deputy Leader of the Council
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Countryside and Transport
Cllr Aled Davies Conservative Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant/Llansilin
Portfolio Holder for Learning and Welsh Language Cllr Myfanwy Alexander Independent Banwy
Portfolio Holder for Corporate Governance, Planning and Public Participation Cllr James Evans Conservative Gwernyfed
Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care Cllr Stephen Hayes Independent Montgomery
Portfolio Holder for Economy and Planning Cllr Martin Weale Independent Llanbadarn Fawr
Portfolio Holder for Young People and Culture Cllr Rachel Powell Independent Beguildy
Portfolio Holder for Highways, Recycling and Assets Cllr Phyl Davies Conservative Blaen Hafren

Electoral wardsEdit

Electoral wards in Powys

Powys is administered by Powys County Council and has 73 elected councillors representing 73 council wards. Although it is a unitary authority, the highway functions of the council, along with the allocation of small grants, are delegated to the three Shire Committees. Brecknockshire has 24 councillors, Radnorshire has 15 and Montgomeryshire has 34.[5]

Local elections take place every four years. Some of the electoral wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. There are 112 communities in the principal area. Nearly all communities have a local community council.

The following table lists the council wards, the political group representing them, and the communities they cover. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Ward Political group Councillor Communities
Aber-craf Labour Sarah Williams
Banwy Independent Myfanwy Alexander
Beguildy Independent Rachel Powell
Berriew Independent Dai Davies
Blaen Hafren Conservative Phyl Davies
Bronllys Independent Karen Laurie-Parry
Builth Independent Jeremy Pugh
Bwlch Liberal Democrats Kathryn Silk
Caersws Conservative Les George
Churchstoke Independent Michael Jones
Crickhowell Liberal Democrats John Morris
Cwm-twrch Labour Sandra Davies
Disserth and Trecoed Conservative Gwilym Williams
Dolforwyn Conservative Gareth Pugh
Felin-fach Liberal Democrats Roger Williams
Forden Independent Linda Corfield
Glantwymyn Plaid Cymru Elwyn Vaughan
Glasbury Liberal Democrats James Gibson-Watt
Guilsfield Independent David Jones
Gwernyfed Conservative James Evans
Hay Liberal Democrats Gareth Ratcliffe
Kerry Independent Kath Roberts-Jones
Knighton Independent Ange Williams
Llanafanfawr Independent David Price
Llanbadarn Fawr Independent Martin Weale
Llanbrynmair Conservative Diane Jones-Poston
Llandinam Conservative Karl Lewis
Llandrindod East/West Independent Jon Williams
Llandrindod North Liberal Democrats Jake Berriman
Llandrindod South Liberal Democrats Pete Roberts
Llandrinio Conservative Lucy Roberts
Llandysilio Independent Arwel Jones
Llanelwedd Liberal Democrats Maureen Mackenzie
Llanfair Caereinion Independent Gareth Jones
Llanfihangel Independent Emyr Jones
Llanfyllin Conservative Peter Lewis
Llangattock Liberal Democrats Jackie Charlton
Llangors Plaid Cymru Emily Durrant

Defected from Green Party in Nov 2021

Llangunllo Independent Hywel Lewis
Llangynidr Independent Rosemarie Harris
Llanidloes Liberal Democrats Gareth Morgan
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant/Llansilin Conservative Aled Davies
Llansantffraid Conservative Gwynfor Thomas
Llanwddyn Plaid Cymru Bryn Davies
Llanwrtyd Wells Independent Tim Van-Rees
Llanyre Abolish the Welsh Assembly Claire Mills

Defected from Conservative in May 2020

Machynlleth Independent Michael Williams
Maescar/Llywel Independent Edwin Roderick
Meifod Conservative Jonathan Wilkinson
Montgomery Independent Stephen Hayes
Nantmel Independent David Evans
Newtown Central Liberal Democrats David Selby
Newtown East Independent Joy Jones
  • Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn* (part)
Newtown Llanllwchaiarn North Conservative Daniel Rowlands
  • Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn* (part)
Newtown Llanllwchaiarn West Conservative Mark Barnes
  • Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn* (part)
Newtown South Conservative Les Skilton
  • Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn* (part)
Old Radnor Independent Michael Jones
Presteigne Independent Beverley Baynham
Rhayader Liberal Democrats Kelvyn Curry
Rhiwcynon Independent Heulwen Hulme
St David Within Labour David Meredith
St John Labour Matthew Dorrance
St Mary Labour Liz Rijnenberg
Talgarth Liberal Democrats William Powell
Talybont-on-Usk Independent Liam Fitzpatrick
Tawe Uchaf Labour David Thomas
Trewern Conservative Amanda Jenner
Welshpool Castle Independent Phil Pritchard
Welshpool Gungrog Liberal Democrats Francesca Jump
Welshpool Llanerchyddol Independent Graham Breeze
Ynyscedwyn Labour Susan McNicholas
Yscir Conservative Iain McIntosh
Ystradgynlais Labour Huw Williams

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b Hywel Trewyn (29 April 2008) "A guide to the elections in Powys", BBC News. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Rosemarie Harris first woman leader for Powys council", BBC News, 18 May 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ Your Councillors by Ward
  4. ^ Council Cabinet
  5. ^ "Articles of the Constitution, Part 2 Article 10" (PDF). Powys Council. Retrieved December 22, 2006.[permanent dead link]